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By November 30, 2012

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Holidays Take Flight, Christmas at Kuaua, Chanukah Fest and Noche de Luces are just some of what's happening the next few days. Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Hanging of Greens
The tradition continues at UNM as the university community gathers at University House to celebrate the holiday season. Carolers will gather in front of Popejoy Hall at 5:45 p.m. Friday, November 30, where everyone will gather to make the walk to University House. There will be hot chocolate, biscochitos and posole available; attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped children's book as a donation for UNM Children's Hospital. More than 14,000 luminarias are expected to decorate the campus this year.

Holiday Lights
The River of Lights is ongoing, so you might want to take that in this weekend, as the crowds build up closer to Christmas. Or head over to Menaul School for the Bugg Lights Display: Twelve Nights of Christmas. The walk-through displays feature handcrafted characters and the Bugg Lights have been an Albuquerque tradition for over 40 years. Seeing them is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Menaul School is at 301 Menaul. Opening night is tonight, Friday, November 30, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from sundown to 9 p.m.

Holiday Strolls
The Holiday Stop and Shop on Fourth Street in Los Ranchos happens this weekend. And the Nob Hill Shop and Stroll takes place Saturday, December 1 in Nob Hill. Shop for specials, eat at the gathering of food trucks, and stay for the Twinkle Light Parade, which begins at 5:15 p.m.

Noche de Luces
The historic Casa san Ysidro in Corrales will be decorated with greens and farolitos. Join in singing carols around a bonfire and making ornaments for the season on Saturday, December 1 at 5 p.m. A holiday art workshop takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. prior to the celebration.

Holiday Concert
Hear the Albuquerque Concert Band as they perform holiday music at the KiMo on December 2 at 3 p.m. This is a free event.

Christmas at Kuaua
The evening of holiday fun includes luminarias, a bonfire, a visit from Santa, Native dancers, biscochito cookies, hot apple cider and cocoa. Kids can make their own Christmas ornament. There will be music, traditional Pueblo dances and Native American storytelling. Celebrate it at Coronado Monument on December 2 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. It's free!

Chanukah Fest
There will be jumpers, games, arts and crafts, lots of live entertainment and food, while you holiday shop gifts with over 30 artists. Eat latkes and stop by the NY deli station for kosher hot dogs. For teens, there will be video games and the Battle of the Bands. Call Phyllis Wolf 348-4500 or Robyn Weiner 348-4518 for more information. It's happening December 2 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Embassy Suites.

Holidays Take Flight
Enjoy decorating holiday balloon cookies, making crafts and visit with balloon pilot Santa. Hot drinks and treats will be for sale as well as a New Mexico shopping "village" with local businesses and artisans. Get your picture taken with Balloon Pilot Santa. Live music with Susie Tallman and Friends and the Handbell Ensemble and the Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer. Enjoy this free event on December 2 at the Balloon Museum from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

On The Theater Stage
This weekend in theater, there are several holiday productions to bring in the season. The Duke City Repertory presents A Christmas Carol, with one actor playing all parts. See it at The Filling Station.
Or take in a performance of A Christmas Carol at The Adobe Theater. A radio station is broadcasting A Christmas Carol live before the audience. The production has the charm of the original story with a modern twist.
And finally, It's A Wonderful Life takes the stage at the Albuquerque Little Theatre. Go back to Bedford Falls, where George Bailey finds life's meaning in a season of joy.

This is the last weekend to catch Nutcracker on the Rocks at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. And it's the last weekend for the Nutcracker at Popejoy, which features the New Mexico Philharmonic and the New Mexico Ballet Company. If you miss these Nutcrackers this weekend, there are still other Nutcracker performances to enjoy.

Cause of the Week

The Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for Carrie Tingley Foundation to help the hospitals' special needs kids. Carrie Tingley hospitals offer children a place to get well and improve their chance at life. Donate your time, purchase an ornament, or make or bring your own to help the cause. The Ballet Repertory Theater will perform glimpses of the Nutcracker on November 30 after 6 p.m. See it Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Sandia Casino Resort. This is a free event, but purchase an ornament to raise funds.

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